Beetles with benefits for Australian ecosystems and farmers

10 May 2022
Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University will play a lead role in a project fostering a new species of dung beetle to help transform 80 million tonnes of livestock dung into a financial benefit for Australian farmers.

The University will assist researchers at Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), who have successfully imported more than 1,500 of a new species of dung beetle to its quarantine facility at Black Mountain, Canberra, as part of the Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers (DBEE) project.

The project is a joint venture between Meat and Livestock Australia, Charles Sturt University, the University of Western Australia, the University of New England, numerous producer and land care groups, and the CSIRO.

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